As the first day of school draws near for John Marshall High School, school officials are preparing for a few changes to accommodate the ongoing renovation of the school's entrance.
According to Assistant Principal Jason Marling, all student pick-ups and drop-offs will be conducted in the newly refinished student parking lot outside the senior commons area because the front of the school will be closed off during the work.
Students and visitors will enter through the senior commons, where a secretary will let people into the school.
Also due to construction, freshman orientation on Thursday has been canceled. Freshman students will instead report in the morning Aug. 18 to the school's auditorium for orientation activities.
All students can pick up their schedules from 8:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the senior commons.
Students and teachers can also expect a few changes to the school's layout during the renovation. According to Marling, the stairwell next to the main office will be closed, which will affect a few classrooms during fire drills.
In addition, the school library has been temporarily converted into four classrooms and will hold three science classes and a computer programming class.
"We had a very positive year last year and we hope to continue that this year," Marling said. "We're not going to let construction interfere with the good things going on at" John Marshall.
John Marshall also has a new start time this year with the school day beginning at 8:12 a.m. and ending at 3:15 p.m. Superintendent Michael Hince said the new schedule adds additional minutes to the school day and will help the county bank more instruction time to make up for potential two-hour delays.
The changes were made after the county dealt with a large number of school cancellations and delays from last year's harsh winter weather.
"My goal was to bank 10 more minutes at John Marshall each day," Hince said. "We have to go by the school with the least amount of bank time for the entire county. John Marshall is the hub in town so they accrue the least amount of bank time."
Hince said the extra banked instructional time cannot make up for school cancellations, but can be used to make-up two-hour delays and early dismissals.